U.S. personnel at Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, were rescued by helicopters on Sunday, just weeks after President Biden promised there was “no circumstance” that spectacle, remembered from Vietnam, would recur.
As a memory of humiliating defeat, the evacuation of the U.S. embassy in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) is in the imagination of Americans, as U.S. promises of security for South Vietnam collapsed with the advance of North Vietnamese.
Biden had the following exchange with a reporter after remarks on the upcoming withdrawal from Afghanistan on July 8:
Q Mr. President, some Vietnamese veterans see echoes of their experience in this withdrawal in Afghanistan. Do you see any parallels between this withdrawal and what happened in Vietnam, with some people feeling —
THE PRESIDENT: None whatsoever. Zero. What you had is — you had entire brigades breaking through the gates of our embassy — six, if I’m not mistaken.
The Taliban is not the south — the North Vietnamese army. They’re not — they’re not remotely comparable in terms of capability. There’s going to be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of an embassy in the — of the United States from Afghanistan. It is not at all comparable.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday:
At the U.S. Embassy on Sunday afternoon, helicopters ferried American and Western diplomats and civilians to the military side of Kabul airport. One after another, Chinooks and Black Hawks took off from the landing zone, spraying dust.
Below them was a city of traffic jams and roundabouts choked by cars—many of them filled with Afghans trying to reach the airport’s relative safety. Dark smoke, presumably from burning documents, rose from the presidential palace.
The U.S. embassy in Kabul had served as a refuge for Americans; however, lately, it had been turned into an example of “progressive” Western left-wing ideals.
It has been suggested by various media reports that Kabul and the government will soon be surrendered to the Taliban.